The stress of addiction often cause substance abusers to resort to lies and manipulations. Friends and family members ask questions that in many cases the addict cannot answer truthfully if they are to avoid conflict and drama. So they lie. They lie about where they are going or where they've been. They plot and scheme to get away to use drugs or to get money to buy drugs. These manipulations and lies add a layer of stress to interpersonal relationships that can be overwhelming for the addict. This stress can lead to more drug use in an effort to zone out or dump the worry and fear about hurting and disappointing loved ones. And so it is that lies and manipulations are very much a part of the addiction process.
Addicts will do or say whatever it takes to avoid discussions about their drug use and the need to stop or get help. One manipulative tactic of substance abusers is to dish out complaints of their own to keep the attention anywhere but on their addiction. The truth is, the constant need to defend drug use drives manipulation and lies. Addicts also lie to themselves as much as they lie to others. They tell themselves that they can stop using drugs at any time, that they are really not hurting anyone and that they are really enjoying their drug addicted lifestyle. In some instances, people in addiction have been telling themselves these lies for so long that they don't even recognize that they are lying to themselves and others. People try to manipulate others and lie to:
Because of the initial euphoric effects affiliated with illicit drug use, most people associate using drugs with pleasure. The thought of giving up drugs for many equates to not being able to have fun anymore. Many in addiction do not recognize their enslavement to drugs and alcohol. A strong defensive posture however, is a typical indicator that someone is in denial. That means they do not want to face the truth and so they lie and manipulate conversations to perpetuate the denial process. The problem with lies and manipulations however, is that it result in actions and behavior that create more risk and danger for the person in addiction and more pain and hurt for those who love them.
Even after self-efforts to halt drug use end in failure, many addicts persist in lying to hide the fact that they are unable to quit. The issue of control is always a major problem for people in addiction. But the most dangerous lies are the ones that try to justify addiction. In an effort to convince others that drug use is necessary or useful, addicts can create such elaborate lies that is difficult even for them to unravel. These lies can be so believable and powerful to the addict that they have kept many in addiction for years. These are led to convince others and themselves that drug use is helping to manage pain, stay sane, or cope with the day to day stresses that it takes to make it through the day. These lies make it even that more difficult to imagine life without drugs. The sad fact is, drug use give the illusion of helping but in essence, it creates more stress, more insanity, and more physical pain. Addicts turn to their substance of abuse the minute a problem arise and then convince themselves that it is helping them to cope. Because of the potential to cause mental impairment, physical illness and death, drug addiction is usually the biggest problem an addict will ever have to face. Homelessness, broken relationships, depleted finances and jail time can also be added to the list of problems caused by addiction.
Acknowledging that substance abuse is a problem is the first and biggest hurdle someone in addiction has to overcome. Once they get past the need to lie and manipulate others they are in a place where they can ask for and receive help. This is a small step in the direction towards recovery. Most addicts however, need the help of others to even get them to this point. For this reason it is important that loved one plan and stage drug interventions.
Studies show that many families struggle with the decision to confront addiction. On the bright side, in the same study it was shown that 95% of drug interventions resulted in getting a loved one to agree to enter drug treatment programs. As such, staging a drug intervention is an important method of confronting the lies and stop the manipulations of a drug addict.
If your loved one is battling with addiction, there are qualified drug interventionists with the qualifications and expertise to help you to stage a drug intervention as well as make arrangement to get your loved one into treatment programs as soon as possible. Call Garland Drug Treatment Centers today at (972) 536-2109 to learn about drug interventions and drug treatment centers that can provide personalized treatment programs.